Chelsea in League Cup semis
LONDON, AP - Chelsea swept into the semi-finals of the English League Cup yesterday joining third-tier Sheffield United in the last four after their shock win over Premier League side Southampton.
Eliminated at the quarter-final stage in three of the previous four seasons, Chelsea made no mistake this time as goals by Eden Hazard, Filipe Luis and Andre Schuerrle secured a 3-1 win at second-tier Derby.
Derby, managed by former England coach Steve McClaren, were reduced to 10 men in the 78th minute just as they were threatening a comeback at 2-1. Yet Chelsea mostly coasted through the game at Pride Park, with the Premier League leaders' victory marred by injuries to centre back Kurt Zouma and striker Didier Drogba.
"We played in a very professional way and controlled the game for most of the time," said Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who fielded a strong lineup as he chases a first trophy in his second spell at the London club.
Southampton's meltdown after a brilliant start to the Premier League season continued with a 1-0 loss at United, who emulated their achievement of last season when the team reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
Second in the Premier League only three weeks ago, Southampton have now lost five straight matches - four in the league and this deserved defeat at Bramall Lane.
Marc McNulty scored a 63rd-minute winner for United, while defender Florin Gardos was shown a straight red card for Southampton in the 90th.